I read tonight in a Facebook conversation a question like this: If you were at the hospital bed of someone who said they believed in God but could not say they thought Jesus was his divine Son, would you trust that God accepts sincere seekers or would you try to do something about his doctrine?
That is not exactly the question, but it is close enough for blogging.
I’ve been thinking about it. My instinct, of course, would be to do or say whatever I thought would bring a dying person comfort. But what I fear is that my impulse to do this would prove to be false comfort.
I don’t see any point in any circumstance of arguing doctrine with a dying man. But I do wonder if the better course would not be to urge him to pray for the faith he lacks. Faith, after all, is not something we create in ourselves, but something we receive, and all who seek for it will find it if they do not relent, or at least that is what Christians such as John Wesley have always taught.
I know that answer probably does not pass the CPE exam at my local hospital.